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In addition to loving brunch, Bitches also strive to kill it in their careers, support friends and family, and keep it together—whether that’s staying fit, taking care of our health, or conquering that next 5K.

The Bitches all woke up Christmas morning with Jawbone fitness trackers in our stockings. We all use Jawbone for different reasons: some of us use it to track our sleep, others our steps, and others to get in better shape.

This is the first in a #FitBitches series where each of our editors highlights her resolutions, fitness routines and motivations, favorite stylish fitness apparel, and general musings on keeping it all together.

 

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The DC editors, Steph and Cori Sue, both love solidcore’s Shaw location for a tough, quick, and effective workout on a time crunch, turn to Pure Barre for toning, and Sculpt DC for our yoga and cycling fix.

Like good Bitches, we both turned to brunch and shopping to kick start our resolutions, taking in a yoga class at SculptDC, doing brunch at the healthy-and-delicious True Food Kitchen in Mosaic, and heading to Chelsea Collective to do some retail damage.

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Cori Sue

I like to exercise. That’s a good thing for my thighs, because I also really like to eat. The Bitches are all about balance—we like to work hard, play hard, brunch hard, and fit in a workout.

As for me, I tend to take things to extremes. In addition to far too many mimosas, I also enjoy marathons and solidcore, which is one of the hardest workouts available right now. I also work insane hours—pulling 14 hour days 5-6 times a week then sprinting up the street to sneak in a solidcore class. I fuel up post-workout with a Stretch Gouter, a nutrient packed tonic water from a #MadeinDC women-led company. The tonic certainly helps, but then I forget to stretch and then I’m sore and stiff the next day!

So, my resolution for 2016 was not to lose weight or run another marathon, but simply to take better care of myself, so I committed to practicing yoga 52 times in one year and getting massages once a month. Those are resolutions I know I can accomplish. I’ve been going to Sculpt DC for the past few weeks and I absolutely love it.

Additionally, I always need to save money and practice timeliness. So, rather than hop in an Uber, I’ve been walking more—and using my Jawbone Up to track my steps. It’s startling when you realize you’ve been sitting at a laptop for 12 hours and have only moved to get more coffee or wine—and that happened too much in 2015! Steph and I are now competing for weekly footsteps and it’s been a ton of fun.

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One resolution I’ll never make? To stop shopping. I just love clothes too much. As of late, I’m loving athleisure—I work in a coffee shop and then head to the gym. Most often, I head to Mosaic and loot up on Lululemon yoga attire and stylish pieces from South Moon Under.

But recently, we discovered Chelsea Collective, which is athleisure heaven. The Tyson’s Corner store carries athletic apparel, shoes, and accessories including stylish, boutique-brand athleisure like Spirital Gangster, Michi, Alala, and Calia by Carrie Underwood.

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Adidas Stan Smith SneakersNike Leopard Leggings from Chelsea Collective (c/o) | Spiritual Gangster YOGA tank from Chelsea Collective (similar here and here) (c/o) | Lululemon Grey Hooded Sweatshirt | Athleta for Kohls Grey Workout Bag (similar) | Black Beanie from Nordstrom (similar here and here) |Jawbone Up 4 (c/o)

Steph

Working out in the winter is hard. Well, to be honest, motivating myself to work out post-college soccer, in general, hasn’t been great. There’s a big difference between exercising and playing a sport. It took me some time before I was able to approach exercising with the same passion as I did team sports.

No one is going to give me a trophy or write an article about me if I go to a 6 a.m. class, but the reality is I’m more focused, more productive, and feel better when I stay active. Also, since I’ve decided to spend most of my weekends sampling the best brunches in D.C. (I do it for you!), exercise has become a necessity.

Another change I’ve noticed in the past few years is that I use fitness as a way to spend time with my friends. That way, it’s more of a social experience. Don’t get me wrong, I have my go-to classes, like solidcore, where I’d rather struggle and sweat alone, but otherwise I find that trying a new class with a friend is a great way to hang out, while getting something accomplished. Plus, it’s a lot harder to bail on a class when you have someone waiting for you in the lobby (shout out to you, Kendra), but it is also a lot easier to try new things when you have a friend struggling next to you.

You know what else motivates me to workout when it’s 20 degrees and dark by 5pm? Awesome workout gear (an imminent wedding doesn’t hurt). This year, for Christmas, I was gifted a new yoga mat, Calia workout tops, and a sleek Jawbone fitness tracker, the first piece of wearable technology that I’ve ever owned. It feels and looks like a bracelet, but it tracks my physical activity and sleep at night.

Since competition gets me going, I’ve been most intrigued by Jawbone’s step tracker, which Cori Sue and I use to compare our daily steps. The other function that I love is the sleep tracker. It tracks your sleep patterns and levels (light, deep, REM) every night. It turns out I average about 2 hours of REM sleep a night, and I now spend a lot more time researching whether this is adequate or not.

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In my opinion, there’s nothing more annoying than hair in your face when you’re working out. I have a lot of hair, it’s thick and long, and inevitably ends up whipping my face during a workout. In search of a sleeker option than my go-to ponytail or bun, I went to Logan 14 and in 10 minutes walked out with an awesome reverse french braid that was tight enough to hold up during a cardio workout, but loose enough that I didn’t need to pop an Advil after 30 minutes.

While our blog centers around reviewing delicious food and libations, we believe that even if none of your New Year’s resolutions make it past January, staying healthy, active, and feeling your best should always be your top priority!

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Chelsea Collective Sweatshirt  (c/o) | Nike Custom ID Women’s running sneakers |Lululemon striped yoga pants (similar) |Target C9 Tank Top (c/o) |Swell bottle | Jawbone Up 4 (c/o)| Fitness-friendly hair by Logan 14

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